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Sunday, September 20, 2009

HE'S BACK............HBO PPV 9-19-09

Mayweather Reclaims Pound For Pound Crown

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (40-0, 25 KO's) returned to the ring after a 21 month layoff and thoroughly dominated Juan Manuel Marquez to earn a one-sided, 12 round unanimous decision victory. The fight was never close. Mayweather possessed the superior edge in hand speed, which everyone figured to be the case. However, many people may not have figured how sharp Mayweather would look after being away from the ring. This was indeed one of Mayweather's most impressive performances of his career. Mayweather never showed signs of ring rust as he landed pinpoint, accurate punches and hardly got hit by Marquez. Marquez simply could not hit the extremely elusive Mayweather. HBO's punch stats indicated that Marquez only landed an average of six punches a round.

The time away from the ring showed to definitely help Floyd stay fresh and brought to mind another dominate athlete, who walked away from a sport only to eventually return and dominate the competition again. His name was Michael Jordan. Could Floyd eventually add to his legacy as Jordan did? If Saturday night was an any indication, he already started. Get your boxing protective equipment for less.

Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KO's) tried very hard in this bout. Floyd was simply just too quick for Marquez to land his combinations. Marquez never got close to him long enough to do damage. The few times Marquez did get close to land an effective shot, Mayweather took it well and did not stand there to be hit again. Floyd is a defensive master. He used his patented shoulder roll to block Marquez's shots repeatedly and made him miss often.

Marquez appeared to have a look of great frustration, especially after Floyd dropped him with quick left hook in round two. At times, Floyd mocked Marquez by smiling at him when Marquez could not land the punches he was throwing. Marquez fought valiantly and did everything he could, but there was no question that Mayweather was the elite fighter and may be the best fighter in the sport today.

After the bout, when Mayweather was being interviewed by HBO's Max Kellerman, Shane Mosley entered the ring to challenge Floyd. Floyd felt it was rude that Shane was interrupting his interview. At the post fight press conference, Mosley showed up again. After the performance Mayweather put on last night, Mosley may want to be careful what he wishes for because he just may get it. Floyd made a remark to Shane that he should be in training camp right now (instead of being on top of him after his victory). Whether people like or dislike Floyd or want to admit it or not, it has become apparent when discussing Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley or anyone else who fights between 140 - 147 pounds, that all roads lead to a fight with Mayweather.

By Andreas Hale and David Hudson at ringside

Coming back from a 21-month layoff, multi-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs) took a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Juan Manuel Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KOs) in a welterweight clash on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bigger, quicker Mayweather dropped Marquez in round two with a left hook and pretty much had his way the entire twelve rounds. Scores were 118-109, 120-107, 119-108.
WBA featherweight champion Chris John (43-0-1, 22 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Rocky Juarez (28-5-1, 20 KOs). John outworked Juarez over the first eleven rounds, but was rocked by Juarez in the twelfth. Scores were 114-113, 119-109, 117-111. John and Juarez previously battled to a draw in February.
In a clash for the vacant WBO interim lightweight title, Michael Katsidis (26-2, 21 KOs) pressured Vicente Escobedo (21-2, 13 KOs) for twelve rounds to claim 115-113, 118-110 win on two cards. Escobedo was ahead 116-112 on the third card.
Featherweight Cornelius Lock (19-4-1, 12 KOs) impressively kayoed previously unbeaten Orlando Cruz (16-1-1, 7 KOs) in round five. Lock dropped Cruz in round one and finished him at 2:08 of the fifth with a right uppercut. With the win, Lock claimed the vacant NABO belt.
Welterweight Said Ouali (26-3, 18 KOs) demolished Francisco Rios (17-11, 12 KOs) via TKO at 1:27 in the second. Ouali dropped Rios twice in the first and twice in the second before Jay Nady waved the fight off.
Unbeaten middleweight Erislandy Lara (8-0, 5 KOs) scored a first round KO over veteran Jose Varela (23-6, 16 KOs). Time was 2:12. Lara is a highly regarded former amateur star from Cuba.
Junior welterweight Jessie Vargas (6-0, 2 KOs) defeated Raul Tovar (6-2, 2 KOs) via six round unanimous decision (60-52 twice and 59-53).
Lightweight Mike Perez (5-0-1, 2 KOs) defeated Richard Ellis (4-3, 2 KOs) via unanimous decision (38-36, 39-35 and 40-34).
Middleweight Dion Savage (6-0, 4 KOs) TKO’d Loren Myers (7-7, 2 KOs) at :22 in the fourth round.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

9-18-09 ESPN's "Friday Night Fights"

Rigondeaux Wins Again

Guillermo Rigondeaux (3-0, 3 KO's) stopped Giovanni Andrade (60-12, 49 KO's) in the 3rd round to maintain his undefeated professional record. In the third round, Rigondeaux fired and landed a sharp, straight left to Andrade's body. Andrade could not continue. Rigondeaux also dropped Andrade in the second round. Protect yourself with sparring equipment.

There are many questions that linger about Rigondeaux. Rigondeaux has a stellar amateur background with a record of 243-4, but has yet to be tested as a professional. How will Rigondeaux respond when he's not dictating the pace of a fight? Right now, he is able to take his time and land his punches at will. Sometimes, Rigondeaux waits to engage and looks to counter punch opponents too much. He has the ability to take a huge step up in class against future opponents because of his ring experience as an amateur. The last time Rigondeaux suffered a defeat in the ring was in 2003. Perhaps the greatest amateur bantamweight of all time, Rigondeaux is now trained professionally by Freddie Roach. Roach trains many fighters, but is most known for his work with Manny Pacquiao.

There is no professional boxing in Cuba. Rigondeaux fled for the United States to begin a professional career leaving behind his wife and son."El Chacal" was not allowed to box anymore when it was rumored he defected after he failed to appear at the weigh-in for the July 2007 Pan-Am games. Rigondeaux returned to camp the next day and stated that he was at a bar all night, but was kicked off the national team. As a result, Rigondeaux never had a chance to try and capture a third Gold medal after winning one in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic games.

Jhonson Defeats Santos

Middleweight Yudel Jhonson (3-0, 1 KO) won an 8 round unanimous decision over Frankie Santos (17-8-4, 8 KO's). Jhonson was a 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the Light Welterweight (139 lbs.) division at the 2004 Athens Olympic games. A southpaw, Jhonson beat Santos to the punch throughout the fight. Santos was tough, but got hit with a lot of clean punches because Jhonson was landing his counter punches effectively. Santos tried diligently to get inside and land body punches. Jhonson kept Santos at a distance and from being set to punch by giving him a lot of different angles. Santos had a lot of trouble getting his punches off. In the third round, Jhonson connected with a solid right hook and followed it with a series of straight lefts that backed Santos up. In the fourth round, Santos got hit by a right to the body from Jhonson. Jhonson then nailed Santos with a straight left to the head.

Jhonson fought at a slow, comfortable pace. It will be interesting to see how he reacts when he is tested by an opponent that puts on a lot of pressure and makes him fight at a faster pace.

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In welterweight action, Felix Diaz (2-0, 2 KO's) stopped Omar Brown (1-3, 0 KO's) in the 1st round. The 25 year old southpaw stunned Brown with a straight left. Another straight left dropped Brown in the corner against the ropes. Brown got up and tried to hold on, but Diaz swarmed him with punches. Brown went down again. Diaz connected with a right hook - left uppercut combination to drop Brown for a third and final time forcing the referee to stop the fight.

Diaz won the Olympic gold medal in the Light Welterweight division at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. In 2003, Diaz also won the Bronze medal at the Pan American Games in the Lightweight division.

In a light heavyweight bout, Yordanis Despaigne (3-0, 2 KO's) TKO'd Mickey Scarborough (4-1, 4 KO's) in the 1st round. Despaigne landed a stinging right hand and Scarborough covered up in the corner. Despaigne unloaded a barrage of punches prompting the referee to stop the fight.

Yordanis Despaigne defected from Cuba in the spring of 2009, along with fellow Cubans Guillermo Rigondeaux and Yudel Johnson, to turn professional.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Andre Dirrell vs. Carl Froch

Carl Froch

Andre Dirrell

Keys to the fight: (Dirrell) Dirrell needs to show a lot of movement. Froch will pressure him, but Dirrell has fast hands. He needs to stick and move. Dirrell should also use the jab and not stand in front of Froch too long.

Keys to the fight: (Froch) Pressure him. Dirrell has hand speed, but Froch needs to work his way inside and fire his powerful right hand. Dirrell's chin is untested. Froch can take a good punch and has fought better fighters up to this point. Froch should attack Dirrell's body to slow down his movement.

Andre Dirrell is a better boxer than Carl Froch, but is he a better fighter? Dirrell shows very good movement and could easily out box the slower Froch, right? Dirrell even switches from a conventional to a southpaw stance effectively during fights. At first glance, it appears Dirrell's hand and foot speed should define the outcome of this fight. Perhaps, an easy victory for Dirrell? After all, Froch is slower and has an awkward style. Not so fast. Remember Froch knocking out Jermain Taylor? Taylor has fought better fighters than Dirrell. Taylor possessed a solid jab, showed good movement and had definitive power in his right hand. Well, Froch eventually wore him down with relentless pressure. He landed the harder and cleaner punches in the later rounds and showed a stronger will to win than Taylor. Get boxing gloves by Everlast and Ringside.

Can Carl Froch defeat the untested, but talented Andre Dirrell? Carl Froch is an experienced veteran and has fought very solid opposition in three of his last four fights. He defeated Robin Reid, an undefeated Jean Pascal and Jermain Taylor. Who has Dirrell fought? Dirrell's most notable victories have come against Mike Paschall and Anthony Hanshaw. These were good fighters that Dirrell defeated, but they do not possess the quality of the opponents Froch has faced. Dirrell's chin has surly not yet been tested, but the young fighter does show much promise. Right now, I have to select Carl Froch to win by a knockout in the 10th round in a fight that will get closer as the bout moves into the later rounds.

Mikkel Kessler vs. Andre Ward

Mikkel Kessler

Andre Ward

Keys to the fight: (Kessler) Kessler needs to put enormous pressure and establish his left jab to keep Ward from dictating the pace of this fight with his skillful boxing ability. Ward has faster hands, but Kessler's hand speed is vastly underrated. Kessler has the edge in power and if he can impose his will successfully on Ward, he can defeat him. Kessler also has the edge in experience because he has fought better opposition such as Anthony Mundine, Eric Lucas, Markus Beyer, Librado Andrade and perhaps the best super middleweight of all time, Joe Calzaghe.

Keys to the fight: (Ward) Look for Ward to use angles and a lot of movement against Kessler. If Ward can use his boxing ability to keep Kessler turning and not set to punch, it will enable him to land accurate combinations. Kessler does not fight well backing up and will be the aggressor. If Ward can execute a game plan of sticking and moving, he will take Kessler's strength away from him because Kessler will not be able to land his power shots. Ward's most notable opponents have been Jerson Ravelo and Edison Miranda. Ward doesn't possess the professional experience of Kessler, but is a very intelligent fighter, who has been getting better with each bout.

Prediction: I'm picking Andre Ward by a very close 12 round unanimous decision. Going into this bout, some say Kessler is the man to beat in the tournament. However, Kessler has trouble with fighters that give different angles and show good movement. For example, Kessler had trouble landing his power punches against Joe Calzaghe. Calzaghe boxed beautifully against Kessler and kept him from being set to punch. Although Calzaghe is a southpaw, Andre Ward shows similar boxing ability and movement. Ward is a smart fighter that is starting to peak now. If Joe Calzaghe can out box Kessler with his great movement, I say the 2004 Olympic Gold medalist can too! Get your boxing protective equipment for less.

Arthur Abraham vs. Jermain Taylor

Arthur Abraham

Jermain Taylor

Keys to the fight: (Abraham) - Apply pressure. Abraham can take a solid punch and has a better chin than Taylor. If the fight gets into the later rounds, the advantage goes to Abraham because Taylor has shown in the past that he wears down in the championship rounds. Abraham doesn't throw a lot of punches, but makes the ones he throws count. Abraham has good power, but this will be his first fight at super middleweight since early in his professional career. Taylor fought his entire career at middleweight before moving up to 168 lbs. three bouts ago.

Keys to the fight: (Taylor) Utilize the jab. Jermain Taylor has a very effective left jab and should use it in this bout to stop Abraham from applying pressure. However, Taylor tends to bring his jab back low and this has led to him getting hit with right hands his entire career. Taylor is the better boxer and possesses the skills to out box Abraham for 12 rounds. The question is - will he? Taylor has faded late in his past fights, most notably when he was stopped by Carl Froch in the 12th round of his last bout. Some observers had Taylor winning on the scorecards heading into the last round. Can Taylor come back after suffering a dramatic loss to Froch and win his very next fight against an opponent the caliber of Arthur Abraham? Taylor's career is essentially on the line in this fight. Assuming Taylor loses, he could potentially drop out of the top ten depending on the outcome. A decision loss may keep him ranked as a contender, but suffering another knock out defeat may result in Taylor retiring. Get yourself a new punching bag and save with $2.95 shipping.

Prediction: I am picking Jermain Taylor to win via 12 round unanimous decision. Some people may call this prediction an upset. There is more on the line for Taylor if he were to lose than Abraham. A loss for Taylor could signal the end of a career. I believe Taylor can use his boxing ability to weather the storm of Abraham's pressure because Abraham does not let his hands go enough. Taylor will get hit, but he knows what happened in the past. He knows what he has to do in the later rounds to not allow that to happen again. I think facing this adversity will make Taylor come out victorious.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Who Will Win SHOWTIME'S Super Middleweight (168 LBS.) Tournament?

25-0, 20 KO's

18-0, 13 KO's

28-3-1, 17 KO's

30-0, 24 KO's

20-0, 13 KO's

42-1, 32 KO's

October 17
At Berlin, Germany (Showtime): Arthur Abraham vs. Jermain Taylor, 12 rounds
At Nottingham, England (Showtime):
Carl Froch vs. Andre Dirrell, 12 rounds,
for Froch's WBC super middleweight title

November 21
At Oakland, Calif. (Showtime): Mikkel Kessler vs. Andre Ward, 12 rounds,
for Kessler's WBA super middleweight title

Tournament Rules

Each fighter will have the opportunity to compete against one another in a series of scheduled twelve round bouts during the first three “Group Stages” of the tournament. There is also a point system in place:

A win is 2 points (with a 1-point bonus for a KO/TKO).

A draw is 1 point for each fighter. A loss equals 0 points.

The four highest point scorers will move on to the semifinal rounds, while the two fighters with the least point totals will be eliminated. The winners of the semifinal bouts will meet in the final round of the championship series in early 2011.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Chavez Demolishes LeHoullier
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

SHOBOX 9/12/09 Ward vs. Pudwill

Ward Stops Pudwill in 3 Rounds

Andre Ward landed very sharp, accurate punches last night stopping Shelby Pudwill in the 3rd round. This was a tune up bout before facing Denmark's Mikkel Kessler in Showtime's Super Middleweight Tournament. The 25 year old Ward, a 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, landed fast, effective combinations to the body and head of Pudwill. Pudwill could not get his punches off due to the blazing hand speed of Ward. Get your boxing protective equipment for less.

In the 1st round, Ward was walking Pudwill down, imposing his hand speed and overwhelming him with hard, effective combination punching. Ward continually beat Pudwill to the punch. Ward started to tee off on Pudwill in the 2nd round landing crisp, solid shots to the body. Ward dropped Pudwill in the 3rd round with a right-left hook combination. Pudwill suffered a cut over his left eye, but continued fighting. Andre Ward finished him with a left hook to the body and head followed by a barrage of clean punches, which caused the referee to stop the action.

Andre Ward improves his professional record to 20-0, 13 KO's and looks ready to battle Mikkel Kessler on November 21st. Look for Ward to use angles and a lot of movement against Kessler. If Ward can use his boxing ability to keep Kessler turning and not set to punch, it will enable him to land accurate combinations. Kessler will be the aggressor and cannot fight well backing up. If Ward can execute this game plan, he will take Kessler's strength away from him because Kessler will not be able to land power shots. Ward has the edge in hand speed, but Kessler's hand speed should not be taken lightly.

Shelby Pudwill's record falls to 22-4-1, 9 KO's. Look for a preview of all the match ups in the super middleweight tournament this week.

SHOBOX 9/12/09 Kessler vs. Perdomo

Kessler TKO's Perdomo in 4 Rounds

Mikkel Kessler looked sharp in his tune up fight before facing Andre Ward on November 21st in Showtime's Super Middleweight Tournament. The 30 year old from Denmark looked impressive landing mostly left jab-right hand combinations against Gusmyr Perdomo. Perdomo, a 33 year old southpaw from Venezuela, tried to stay busy behind his right jab, but could not deal with Kessler's power and underrated hand speed.

In the 1st round, Kessler patiently tried to land right hands off his left jab. As the round was about to end, Kessler landed a barrage of clean punches. In round 2, both fighters landed solid punches off their jabs. Kessler dropped Perdomo in the 3rd round with a quick, straight right that landed on Perdomo's left shoulder behind his ear as he turned into the punch. Perdomo was very dazed and appeared out on his feet. One minute into the 4th round, Kessler nailed Perdomo with another straight right that pushed him back into the ropes. Kessler started throwing and landing hard combinations that prompted the referee to stop the bout.

Mikkel Kessler was coming off of an 11 month layoff fighting in his home country of Denmark. He looks ready to meet Andre Ward in the 168lb. tournament. Against Ward, Kessler should try to establish a jab to keep him off balanced because Ward can box very well. Ward has the edge in hand speed, but Kessler's hand speed is vastly underrated. Kessler has the edge in power and if he can impose his will successfully on Ward, he will defeat him. Get ESPN magazine subscription for cheap. Mikkel Kessler improves his record to 42-1, 32 KO's. Gusmyr Perdomo's record falls to 18-3, 12 KO's.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Juan Urango vs. Randall Bailey 140 lbs.

Juan Urango TKO's Randall Bailey in 11 Rounds
Urango Pictured Top, Bailey Pictured Bottom

Randall Bailey (39-7, 35 KO's) has been making a comeback since suffering a 12 round split decision defeat to Herman Ngoudjo in 2007. Juan Urango suffered a defeat in his last outing against Andre Berto was looking to bounce back with a victory. This was a crossroads fight for both men and it contained a lot of action from the start. There were two main questions leading into the fight: Could Bailey hurt Urango with his sharp right hand? Would Urango sustain an effective pressure attack and get to Bailey?

By the 4th round, Urango was really starting to pressure Bailey and landed some hard body shots. In the 5th round, Urango landed a right uppercut and followed it with a straight left. Bailey was hitting Urango with his straight right, but Urango took the punches well.

The drama started to begin in round 6. Great karate sparring equipment at low prices. Bailey flattened Urango with a straight right hand in the first minute of the round. Urango suffered a cut as a result of that punch. Urango rose to his feet and they started exchanging again. Urango threw and connected with a left and Bailey was momentarily off-balance. While off-balanced, Bailey's glove touched the canvas, which should have resulted in a knockdown being scored for Urango. It happened in a flash and the referee missed it.

In the 7th round, Urango landed a right hook and kept the pressure on Bailey. Bailey continued to fire the right hand. Urango floored Bailey in round 9 with a right hook-straight left combination. Bailey just got to his feet in time to beat the count, but was floored again by Urango. This time Urango dropped Bailey with a right uppercut-straight left combination. Bailey would miraculously make it through the round.

As the fight entered round 10, Urango was landing more cleaner punches than Bailey. Urango was successful in knocking Bailey down for a 3rd time when he landed a solid right hook to Bailey's body. Bailey started to suffer a lot of swelling under his left eye. Urango hit Bailey with a right hook as the bell rang to close the round.

Round 11 would be the end for Bailey. With swelling under his cut right eye, Urango nailed Bailey with a vicious right hook to the body. Urango continued to apply pressure and landed some more clean shots. Bailey's corner had seen enough and stopped the bout.

Juan Urango bounced back nicely after losing to Andre Berto. Berto's speed and agility kept Urango off-balanced that night, but Bailey does not move like Berto and stood in front of Urango all night. Urango forced Bailey to fight backing up, which he could not do. Bailey needed to be set to unleash his powerful right hand. With the pressure Urango put on him, Bailey was not able to sustain an efficient offensive attack. As a result, Urango was able to hit Bailey with plenty of clean punches and eventually stopped him.

Tavoris Cloud - Clinton Woods 175 lbs.

Tavoris Cloud Wins 12 Round Unanimous Decision Over Clinton Woods
Cloud Pictured Top, Woods Pictured Bottom

Round 1: Cloud is busier and has the edge in hand speed. Woods lands a hook and left uppercut inside. When Cloud stopped jabbing, both fighters exchanged and landed clean shots. (Scored for Cloud)

Round 2: Woods hits Cloud with a left hook followed by a right. Cloud gets nailed with a left uppercut-right hand combination from Woods. Cloud snaps Woods' head back with a right uppercut. Woods is jabbing more this round. (Scored for Woods)

Round 3: Cloud hits Woods with a right. Cloud lands a jab-overhand right combination. Woods tags Cloud with a right uppercut. Cloud responds with a combination. Cloud nails Woods with a clean right. A left hook-right hand combination score for Cloud. (Scored for Cloud)

Round 4: Woods lands a left hook. Cloud hammers Woods with a left hook to the body and head. Cloud lands consecutive rights. (Scored for Cloud)

Round 5: Good, competitive round. Both fighters land punches off their jab. I thought Woods beat Cloud a little bit more to the punch. (Scored for Woods)

Round 6: Cloud picks up the pace. Cloud landed more punches. Woods is getting hit with Cloud's right more this round. Cloud lands a left uppercut inside. Cloud hits Woods in the body. Cloud lands consecutive rights to close round. (Scored for Cloud)

Round 7:
Cloud hits Woods with a left hook to the body and head. Woods is getting hit with hard overhand rights from Cloud. Cloud is putting the pressure on. Woods' punch output is decreasing. (Scored for Cloud)

Round 8: Woods connects with a left uppercut. Cloud counters with a left hook to the head. Cloud starts hammering Woods - left hook, overhand right, left hook...Woods is staggering against the ropes. (Scored for Cloud)

Round 9: Cloud hits Woods with an overhand right. He jumps on the attack again. A hard right stuns Woods. Cloud connects with a left hook to the head. Woods is backed against the ropes. Woods is firing back, but there is not enough behind his punches. (Scored for Cloud)

Round 10: Woods connects with a left hook. Cloud counters with an overhand right. Woods gets stunned by a left hook to the head. Two overhand rights and a left hook hurt Woods. Woods fires back, but Cloud is overwhelming him. (Scored for Cloud)

Round 11: Woods is jabbing. Cloud lands a counter right. Toe-to-toe action closes the round. (Scored for Cloud)

Round 12: Woods is giving a valiant effort, but Cloud is going hard at him. (Scored for Cloud)

Overall Summary: Tavoris Cloud (20-0, 18 KO's) wins the IBF Light Heavyweight title with a hard fought victory over Clinton Woods (42-5-1, 24 KO's). Going into the fight, Cloud had knocked out 13 straight opponents. Woods had been stopped only once in his career by Roy Jones Jr. back in 2002. At times, it looked as if Cloud would stop him, but Woods showed courage and fired punches back when he was in trouble. All three judges scored the bout 116-112. I scored the bout 118-110 or 10 rounds to 2 for Cloud.

Both fighters showed they can take a solid punch. Cloud landed the harder, cleaner punches in the bout, but Woods caught Cloud cleanly a few times during exchanges. The more Cloud jabbed, the more he controlled the pace of the fight. Cloud's youth was also an added bonus. He threw more punches than Woods and kept coming at him. It appeared every punch he threw, he wanted to knock out Woods. Woods' most effective punches came when Cloud momentarily stopped throwing the jab or when Cloud was inside the pocket too long.

Tavoris Cloud may have set up a possible showdown with the winner of Chad Dawson-Glen Johnson II, which takes place on November 7th. Bernard Hopkins called out the winner of that match up, but I think most fight fans rather see B-Hop move up in weight and challenge Tomasz Adamek at cruiserweight. With Cloud's impressive performance over Woods, which was his toughest professional fight to date, he earned the right to face the Dawson-Johnson winner.

If Cloud were to fight the winner, either Dawson or Johnson would be an intriguing fight. With their styles, Johnson and Cloud would come forward and that would make an all action fight. If Cloud were to fight Dawson, could Cloud deal with Dawson's hand speed and southpaw style? Cloud would need to get inside by jabbing. Cloud definitely possesses the power to hurt Dawson. Dawson likes to throw that left uppercut-right hook combination. During the fight with Woods, Cloud got hit cleanly a few times by Woods, who doesn't punch as fast as Dawson. An effective jab can neutralize Dawson's hand speed. Also, Cloud has the big right hand, which is the best weapon when facing a southpaw. Well, this new title holder has some nice options ahead of him as well as a bright future. Everlast and Ringside punching bags and save with $2.95 shipping!

8/27/09 VERSUS - Mares vs. Fulgencio 119 lbs.

Abner Mares Destroys Carlos Fulgencio in 6 Rounds

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Round 1: Mares utilizes his jab, throws punches off of it. An overhand right pushes Fulgencio back into the ropes. Mares lands a straight right to the body. Mares is landing quick, sharp combinations.

Round 2: Mares hits Fulgencio with a clean, effective overhand right. Both fighters exchange punches.

Round 3: Mares' combinations landing fast and hard. Fulgencio lands an overhand right, but gets hit with one too. Mares is outworking Fulgencio inside, landing hard body shots.

Round 4: Mares continues to land hard body shots. Mares hits Fulgencio with a left hook to the head followed by a right to the body. An overhand right connects and stuns Fulgencio.

Round 5: Mares is dominating by landing quick combinations and applying pressure. Mares is initiating and winning the exchanges. Get your boxing protective equipment for less.

Round 6: Fulgencio moves back after getting hammered with a left hook-overhand right combination. Mares' hand speed is overwhelming Fulgencio. Mares connects with a left hook to the body with Fulgencio against the ropes. Mares is punishing him with overhand rights and body shots. Mares drops Fulgencio with a powerful left hook to the body for the 10 count.

Overall Summary: Abner Mares is an outstanding 23 year old bantamweight contender. He is now 19-0, 12 KO's as a professional and looks ready to challenge for a major title, possibly against Hozumi Hasegawa in the future. Hasegawa is regarded by many boxing insiders as the best bantamweight in the world. Mares also had a stellar amateur career with a record of 112-8, 84 KO's.

Mares overwhelmed Fulgencio from the opening bell, landing blistering combinations from all angles. Mares had a superior edge in hand speed and continually beat Fulgencio to the punch. Fulgencio had a lot of trouble getting his punches off. Mares would move inside, throw a 4 punch combination and move out of Fulgencio's range. Mares possesses extraordinary ring instincts. He appears to sense when punches are coming, knows what his opponents will do and has the confidence and ability needed to be one of boxing's brightest up and coming stars.

Mares is trained by Ignacio Beristain and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
Carlos Fulgencio's record falls to 11-4-1, 7 KO's.

8/27/09 VERSUS - Rodela vs. Rodriguez 126 lbs.

David Rodela Wins 6 Round Unanimous Decision Over Gamalier Rodriguez

Round 1: Rodriguez landed more punches this round. Rodriguez hit Rodela with a left hook to the body followed by an overhand right. Rodriguez also landed a left to the body and left uppercut.

Round 2: Rodriguez lands an overhand right. Rodela counters with a straight right-left hook to the body combination. Rodriguez is feeling the pressure from Rodela. Rodriguez lands consecutive left hooks to the head.

Round 3: Rodela continues to pressure. Both fighters exchange uppercuts on the inside. Rodela lands hard left hooks to the head and body. Rodela slows Rodriguez down.

Round 4: Rodriguez switches to a southpaw stance. Rodela keeps the pressure on.

Round 5: Rodriguez switches to a southpaw stance again. Rodela lands a solid right to the head. Rodela gets in closer range to land his punches. Rodela hits Rodriguez with a left hook to the head. Rodriguez lands a straight left.

Round 6: Rodriguez lands a straight left on the break. Rodriguez stuns Rodela with a left uppercut-right hook combination. Get yourself a new punching bag and save with $2.95 shipping.

Overall Summary: It's not where you start, but where you finish. Gamalier Rodriguez started fast, but David Rodela's relentless pressure got him the victory on Thursday night. Rodela was resilient, landing the harder punches in exchanges and keeping the heat on Rodriguez from the 2nd round. Rodriguez tried switching to a southpaw stance in rounds 4 and 5 to throw Rodela off his game, but Rodela continued to press forward at a furious pace. Rodela improves his record to 14-1-3, 6 KO's. Gamalier Rodriguez's record drops to 8-2-2, 4 KO's.

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In a junior bantamweight fight, David Gaspar (11-2-1, 7 KO's) won a 6 round unanimous decision over Sergio Espinoza (16-6-1, 5 KO's). Gaspar dropped Espinoza in the 1st and 3rd rounds.

8/27/09 VERSUS - Lopez vs. Wampash 126 lbs.

Ricky Lopez Wins 4 Round Unanimous Decision Over John Wampash

Round 1: Wampash lands a series of left hooks and is fighting very aggressively.

Round 2: Lopez drops Wampash with a left jab - overhand right combination to the head. Wampash gets up and gets tagged with a left hook. Wampash's left glove touches the canvas for the second knockdown. Wampash lands a left hook to the head and is throwing wild punches.

Round 3: Wampash is unloading a series of punches. Both fighters land overhand rights. Lopez knocks Wampash's mouthpiece out with a jab. Lopez lands clean left hooks to the head and a solid left hook to the body. Protect yourself with sparring equipment.

Round 4: Lopez floors Wampash with a jab-right hand combination. Lopez hits Wampash with an overhand right. Wampash lands a right uppercut inside.

Overall Summary: Ricky Lopez had a slow first round, but picked up the pace in round 2. He dropped Wampash three times, twice in the second round. Lopez boxed his taller opponent well and landed many overhand rights throughout the fight. Lopez showed patience, poise and landed his punches with great accuracy. Ricky Lopez improves his record to 6-0, 2 KO's. John Wampash falls to 1-2-1, 1 KO.

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